Bangkok yoga studio bends nature into futuristic design

Vikasa's new studio space in Bangkok, designed by Enter Projects Asia, is all about a combination of local, traditional materials and the archirecture firm's trademark, futuristic 3D geometries

Interior view of Vikasa yoga studio, Bangkok with curved 3D tubular feature suspended from the ceiling
(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

Among the fancy hi-rises of Park Origin Phromphong – a favourite neighbourhood among Bangkok’s so-called ‘hi-so’ (Thai slang for super-rich) – one architect is championing natural local materials.

The 450 sq m HQ for the Vikasa yoga brand by Phuket based Enter Projects Asia features Thai hardwood, palm leaves, black slate and rattan. ‘Many craftspeople here are shutting up shop as people purchase inferior products – usually Chinese plastic – online,' says architecture firm's design director Patrick Keane.

Early evening exterior view of Vikasa yoga studio and its curved 3D tubular lighting feature inside

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

Keane fused these traditional materials with his trademark, futuristic 3D geometries. A lit tubular feature, suspended from the ceiling, meanders above curvy benches and four free-form yoga pods. His aim is ‘to expose these products and skills to a new commercial setting.'

This also makes the space feel more natural, Keane believes. ‘These noble materials are a respite from the artificiality of urban Bangkok. When the sun shines on the surfaces, one could be in a forest. It’s a return to the source of one’s soul.' Sounds apt for a yoga venue.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Wallpaper* (W*255)

Interior view of Vikasa yoga studio with curved 3D tubular lighting feature and seating area

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

Alternative view of the seating area and curved 3D tubular lighting feature at Vikasa yoga studio

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

Interior of the Vikasa yoga studio stairwell with grey walls, 3D tubular lighting feature and view of a nearby building and trees

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

A person practicing yoga in Vikasa's studio space featuring wood panels and a large window

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

A person practicing yoga in Vikasa's studio space made from natural materials

(Image credit: Edmund Sumner)

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